"Man" here refers to the human race and "miracles" are wonderful happenings that are beyond the known laws of nature according to one dictionary. In this sense miracles can either be real wonders or ordinary events that are made to appear as miracles. Here we want to discuss the former.
As a matter of fact, life is full of miracles, not only this but life itself is a miracle. If this is the case why do most people lose sight of this? Maybe because they need an eye-opener, or this maybe due to being accustomed to miracles in our life. What we are trying here is to remove these barriers so that people can feel the presence of miracles in their lives.
Modern science intentionally or unintentionally avoids discussing this issue. It only examines things as they are, and never asks why they take place this way. Thus this area is left for religions. They try to answer certain categorical questions that affect our existence as human beings on this earth like the question of miracles. The Bible is full of miracles that really bewilder and confound the reader as they bewildered and confounded the witnesses.
It became a fashion these days that some hosts of religious TV shows claim that they practice miracles. They ask people to believe that Jesus Christ is their Lord and God. They strike them on the forehead and after a little while, the sick person is claimed to be miraculously cured of his illness. How can we judge these actions?
First of all, we must remember that when Jesus Christ cured people of their illnesses he did ask them to believe in God and not in his own power of healing. He always confirmed to his people that the miracles he practiced are not his own but God's. How then can we attribute these miracles to the one who always asserted that he could do what he did by the leave and with the permission of God. Hence whoever claims for himself anything different must surely be one of the liars.
Allow me now to introduce Islam's concept of miracles. It may be asked, however, why should we bother ourselves with this issue? In what way or ways does it affect our life? Miracles, in fact, are at the core of our human existence. It means a lot to understand and examine their truth.
According to Islam miracles can be divided into three categories:
According to the Qur'an, the Holy Book for Muslims, the creation of Adam, the father of humanity, was an outstanding miracle of the past. Miracles also took place at the hands of prophets to prove the truth of their messages to their people. These two types of miracles are naturally miracles of the past. We are only told about them and can only be impressed by them if we believe in what we are told. This is a common ground for all revealed religions i.e. Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.
What Islam adds, however, is to draw our attention to the present miracles that surround us. The Qur'an does this in order to prove the truth of past as well as future miracles. Let us now quote from the Qur'an in order to prove what we say.
About the creation of Adam and Eve, the Qur'an says:
The Qur'an, however, does not impose on us this miracle of the creation of the father and mother of humanity without Proving it. First of all, it reminds us that this miracle has been practiced by God Almighty who says to anything Be and it is.
Thus when the Qur'an tries to prove the miracle of the creation of Jesus Christ peace be with him from his virgin mother Mary, it says:
To prove the past miracles, God draws our attention to the present ones. The Qur'an says:
Let us contemplate the logic of the Qur'an concerning creation. In the same chapter verse 28, we read:
The Qur'an, again, is unique in drawing our attention to the present miracles around us. It says:
Again in chapter 30 verse 48, we read:
The Qur'an also refers to other past miracles i.e. those given to previous messengers of God. To Noah, for instance God gave the Flood by which all disbelievers were wiped out. To Abraham, God made fire peace and tranquility and deprived it of its power of burning. To Moses, God gave the gaff by which he could open a path in to middle of the sea and reach to safety he and his followers while his opponents perished by drowning. To Jesus Christ, God gave the power to heal the blind, the leper and restore the dead to life.
It is true that test and many other miracles have been mentioned in both the Qur'an and the Bible; but the Qur'an shows us the way to accept those past miracles. In chapter 30 we read the following:
To prove future miracles the Qur'an uses the most acceptable logic. Here is one example:
Let me now cite two situations referred to in the Qur'an. Abraham, the father of all three revealed religions, was the son of Azar who used to be an idol-maker and worshiper.
The other situation is between Abraham again and the dictator of his time who claimed to have the power of life and death. The Qur'an says:
To conclude, miracles in the Qur'an have one aim i.e. to guide man to his Creator who is the source of all miracles.
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